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Gopaldas Saxena 'Neeraj (popularly known as Niraj or Neeraj; 4 January 1925 – 19 July 2018)[2] was an Indian poet and author of Hindi literature. He was also a poet of Hindi Kavi sammelan. He was born in the village of Puravali, near Mahewa in Etawah district in Uttar Pradesh, India on 4 January 1925. He wrote under the pen name "Neeraj".[citation needed]

Gopaldas Neeraj
Poet Gopaldas Neeraj.jpg
Gopaldas Neeraj

(1925-01-04)4 January 1925
Died19 July 2018(2018-07-19) (aged 93)
Delhi, India
Occupationpoet, songwriter
Children1 son[1]

He was awarded the Padma Shri in 1991[3] and Padma Bhushan in 2007.[4]

Besides writing, he earned his living teaching in a college and was a Professor of Hindi Literature in Dharma Samaj College, Aligarh.[5][6] Around 2012, Neeraj was the chancellor of Mangalayatan University, Aligarh, Uttar Pradesh.[7]

Several poems and songs written by Neeraj have been used in Hindi movies. He wrote songs for several Hindi films and was proficient in both Hindi and Urdu. In a television interview, Neeraj called himself an unlucky poet, who had to concentrate on that form instead of writing songs for films. He had written for some music directors of the Hindi film industry - for example, Kanyadaan, 1968; Prem Pujari, 1970; Sharmilee, 1971; Tere Mere Sapne, 1971 - but his career there ended when he became depressed at their deaths. He noted in particular the deaths of Jaikishan, of the music duo Shankar-Jaikishan, and S. D. Burman, for both of whom he had written highly popular film songs.[5]

Neeraj died, aged 93, on 19 July 2018 in New Delhi. He had been admitted to hospital with a lung infection.[8]

Selected worksEdit

  • Karwan gujar gaya [9]
  • Kuch Dohe Neeraj ke [10]
  • Ae Bhai jara dekh ke chalo [11]
  • Jeevan nahi Mara karte hai [12]


  1. ^ "Neeraj-passes-away-at-93". Retrieved 20 July 2018.
  2. ^ "Yesterday Once More". The Indian Express. 9 April 2011. Retrieved 14 June 2018.
  3. ^ "Padma Awards" (PDF). Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. 2015. Archived from the original (PDF) on 15 November 2014. Retrieved 21 July 2015.
  4. ^ "Padma Awards 2007". Retrieved 1 March 2013.
  5. ^ a b "Lyricist and poet Gopal Das Saxena 'Neeraj' dies at 93". indianexpress. 20 July 2018. Retrieved 20 July 2018.
  6. ^ "Neeraj, once more". The Hindu. Retrieved 5 September 2017.
  7. ^ Srivastava, Piyush (4 September 2012). "Hindi poets from SP citadels kick up a row". Daily Mail. London. Retrieved 1 March 2013.
  8. ^ "Doyen Of Hindi Poetry Gopal Das Neeraj Dies At 93". Retrieved 20 July 2018.
  9. ^ कारवां गुजर गया Kavitakosh (in Hindi)
  10. ^ नीरज के दोहे Kavitakosh (in Hindi)
  11. ^ ऐ भाई जरा देख के चलो Kavitakosh (in Hindi)
  12. ^ जीवन नहीं मरा करते हैं Kavitakosh (in Hindi)

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